Community champions celebrate the NHS's 70th anniversary with tea and cake

July 5, 2018

Our community champions across the country have been helping the National Health Service celebrate its 70th anniversary.

They've been arranging tea parties, cakes and surprises to say thank you to their local fantastic NHS staff. And in all our stores with a cafe we've been offering a free hot drink today to anyone who works for the NHS.

Asda Hereford celebrate the NHS's 70th anniversary

Our Hereford store's community champion June Thurston, pictured above, hosted a party in support of Hereford County Hospital's Born Sleeping appeal. The money will go towards creating a maternity bereavement suite.

June said: "We were delighted to join in with celebrations as the NHS turns 70. The NHS is one of the nation’s most loved institutions and the money raised through the Big7Tea parties will make a real difference to everyone who uses the NHS services."

Asda Grimsby celebrate the NHS's 70th birthday at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital

In our Grimsby store, tea, cupcakes and a tombola at the Asda Café raised money for the Laurel ward at the town's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital. The store's community champion Lynn Bailey was joined by the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Hazel Chase, as well as Laura Gooderham from NHS charity The Health Tree Foundation and their mascot Scrubs the Bear.

"Lynn said: " We really wanted to thank the wonderful staff at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital. It's been a great day – and Scrubs brought lots of smiles and a little chaos!"

Our Chadwell Heath store's community champion Robyn Parsons presented the King George and Queen’s Hospital Charity with a £25,000 donation from the Asda Foundation. .

Asda Chadwell Heath celebrates the NHS's 70th anniversary

The money will be used to provide a ‘RITA’ system to the dementia ward. RITA, which stands for Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities, will help patients by engaging them in a range of activities including showing them personal photos and films they may connect with.

Our Longwell Green store's community champion Susan Grant organised a tea party for National Health Service staff, Asda customers and colleagues to celebrate the NHS's 70th anniversary.

Asda Longwell Green celebrates the NHS's 70th anniversary

Ambulance crews from the South Western Ambulance Service Trust came into the store for a Big7tea party, enjoying tea, cakes and sandwiches and chatting to customers. .

Our Cheltenham store's community champion Syrita Clark supported the Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals charity at Cheltenham General Hospital, providing more than 250 portions of cake along with plenty of tea and coffee.

Syrita Clark from Asda Cheltenham supports Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals charity

Syrita said: "We really wanted to help recognise the magnificent work of our wonderful NHS and all the staff and volunteers who keep caring for those who need their services."

Jan Craig from our Middleton Park store teamed up with Fiona Cumming from Asda Dyce to host a tea party for the staff of the Breast Screening Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Asda Middleton Park celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS

"We had a very busy time feeding them with lots of goodies," said Jan. "They were very grateful for all the treats."

Asda Colne celebrate the NHS 70th anniversary

Diane Springthorpe from our Colne store delivered cakes and refreshments to her local hospital.

Our Huddersfield store's community champion Anne Hodkin delivered cake to NHS staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (left to right): Louise Ashton, Divisional support services supervisor, Anna Slee, Admin Assistant, and Gina Davis Divisional support services manager.

Asda Huddersfield celebrate the NHS's 70th anniversary

Anne said: "All our hospital wanted was a cake so we had this made for them and told them they can come to our store to get a free drink, which they thought that was really nice."

Sharon Neill and Nikki Young from our Clayton Green and Fulwood stores teamed up to celebrate the NHS's big day at Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Asda Clayton Green celebrate the NHS's 70th anniversary

Sharon said: "Everyone enjoyed the cakes and were able to take part in a raffle to raise funds for the foundation. Happy 70th birthday NHS! Thank you for being there for us all."

Our Dewsbury store's community champion Sharon Kingswood helped organise a celebration in the store's cafe, and delivered cake to the accident and emergency department at Dewsbury and District Hospital and Yorkshire Ambulance Service:

Asda Dewsbury community champion Sharon Kingswood with the NHS birthday cake at Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Take a look at more pictures from our colleagues' celebrations with their local NHS teams in this special gallery:

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